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Rodela, Romina, Ph.D.
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Bosma, R. H., Ha, T. T., Hiep, T. Q., Phuong, N. T., Ligtenberg, A., Rodela, R. & Bregt, A. K. (2019). Changing opinion, knowledge, skill and behaviour of Vietnamese shrimp farmers by using serious board games. The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension
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2019 (English)In: The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension, ISSN 1389-224X, E-ISSN 1750-8622Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Purpose: Mekong Delta's shrimp farming contributes to socio-economic development but tends to reduce the mangrove area. On the one hand, NGOs advocate balancing ecology and economy, while on the other hand, the Vietnamese government supports intensifying shrimp production. The latter strategy increases shrimp diseases and marginalises smallholders. To influence the opinions, knowledge and behaviour of shrimp farmers, we developed and tested a serious board game. Approach: Through several iterations, we designed a realistic board game mimicking local shrimp farming. Then, after conducting three sessions of gameplay with farmers in three sites, we assessed how this gameplay influenced players. We used a semi-experimental set-up by collecting data on the day of the gameplay, and on two further time-points. Findings: After the gameplays, farmers reported to have learned about the risks of monoculture-intensive-shrimp system and the advantages of hybrid systems. Likert ratings showed that players adopted innovations faster and, in case of shrimp diseases, consulted commercial service-providers less, but with other farmers more. They confirmed to have learned that the best strategy for them would be to adopt hybrid systems, i.e. intensify part of the area of mixed-mangrove or improved-extensive shrimp farms. Theoretical implications: Realistic board games can create opportunities for social learning and training of groups which are not always easy to reach. Practical implications: Board games can support transfer of knowledge and skills to farmers, and can develop their critical thinking. Creation: The findings that board games are effective in the context of a top-down extension systems offer value opportunities.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2019
Keywords
Development studies, Coastal zone, communication, extension, learning, mangrove, training
National Category
Environmental Sciences Fish and Aquacultural Science
Research subject
Environmental Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39358 (URN)10.1080/1389224X.2019.1671205 (DOI)2-s2.0-85074005834 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-11-08 Created: 2019-11-08 Last updated: 2019-11-08Bibliographically approved
Rodela, R., Ligtenberg, A. & Bosma, R. (2019). Conceptualizing serious games as a learning-based intervention in the context of natural resources and environmental governance. Water, 11(2), Article ID 245.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Conceptualizing serious games as a learning-based intervention in the context of natural resources and environmental governance
2019 (English)In: Water, ISSN 2073-4441, E-ISSN 2073-4441, Vol. 11, no 2, article id 245Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The use of serious games in the governance of natural resources and the environment is progressively increasing and includes games used for research and data collection, teaching and training, and fostering a change of practices. However, this diversity remains underexplored and underreported. In view of a growing interest in the use of serious games in natural resource and environmental governance, the absence of discussions about how differences in intended use and delivery influence the performance, assessment, and outcomes of games is problematic. Here we present an inventory, and a description, of such different uses then, by focusing on serious games used as interventions, we discuss when, and how, games could be used to generate learning and social learning. To that end we use a narrative review of selected literature, and insight from research on social learning, to develop an inventory of game use, and within that inventory we conceptualize the use of serious games as a social learning intervention. Also, by means of an illustrative case of a serious game (developed as part of the Assessing the Learning Effects of Games on Attitude of Stakeholders toward Sustainable Shrimp Farming - ALEGAMS research project) we reflect on a few key aspects of game use. We suggest that developing a serious game needs several iterations and, although the learning outcomes can be assessed, the impact of games aiming at changes in current practice and policy will likely fall beyond the timespan of usual project periods. This is something future research should consider as it has implications for the research design and methodology.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI, 2019
Keywords
Aquaculture, Learning-based intervention, Mangrove, Mekong Delta, Role-playing games, Serious games, Social learning, Transformative change, Natural resources, Role-playing game, Decapoda (Crustacea)
National Category
Learning Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37759 (URN)10.3390/w11020245 (DOI)000460899600064 ()2-s2.0-85060994882 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-02-26 Created: 2019-02-26 Last updated: 2019-04-24Bibliographically approved
Rodela, R. & Gerger Swartling, Å. (2019). Environmental governance in an increasingly complex world: Reflections on transdisciplinary collaborations for knowledge coproduction and learning. Environmental Policy and Governance, 29(2), 83-86
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Environmental governance in an increasingly complex world: Reflections on transdisciplinary collaborations for knowledge coproduction and learning
2019 (English)In: Environmental Policy and Governance, ISSN 1756-932X, E-ISSN 1756-9338, Vol. 29, no 2, p. 83-86Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Published
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Research subject
Environmental Studies; Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37783 (URN)10.1002/eet.1842 (DOI)000464967300001 ()2-s2.0-85061575382 (Scopus ID)192/3.1.1/2013 (Local ID)192/3.1.1/2013 (Archive number)192/3.1.1/2013 (OAI)
Projects
Environmental Governance in Context
Funder
Mistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental ResearchThe Foundation for Baltic and East European StudiesSida - Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Available from: 2019-03-01 Created: 2019-03-01 Last updated: 2019-05-09Bibliographically approved
Tran, T. A. & Rodela, R. (2019). Integrating farmers’ adaptive knowledge into flood management and adaptation policies in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta: A social learning perspective. Global Environmental Change, 55, 84-96
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Integrating farmers’ adaptive knowledge into flood management and adaptation policies in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta: A social learning perspective
2019 (English)In: Global Environmental Change, ISSN 0959-3780, E-ISSN 1872-9495, Vol. 55, p. 84-96Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Flood management and adaptation are important elements in sustaining farming production in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta (VMD). While over the past decades hydraulic development introduced by the central government has substantially benefited the rural economy, it has simultaneously caused multiple barriers to rural adaptation. We investigate the relational practices (i.e., learning interactions) taking place within and across the flood management and adaptation boundaries from the perspective of social learning. We explore whether and how adaptive knowledge (i.e., experimental and experiential knowledge) derived from farmers’ everyday adaptation practices contributes to local flood management and adaptation policies in the selected areas. We collected data through nine focus groups with farmers and thirty-three interviews with government officials, environmental scientists, and farmers. Qualitative analysis suggests that such processes are largely shaped by the institutional context where the boundary is embedded. This study found that while the highly bureaucratic operation of flood management creates constraints for feedback, the more informal arrangements set in place at the local level provide flexible platforms conducive to open communication, collaborative learning, and exchange of knowledge among the different actors. This study highlights the pivotal role of shadow systems that provide space for establishing and maintaining informal interactions and relationships between social actors (e.g., interactions between farmers and extension officials) in stimulating and influencing, from the bottom-up, the emergence of adaptive knowledge about flood management and adaptation in a local context. 

Keywords
Adaptation, Flood management, Knowledge brokers, Mekong Delta, Shadow systems, Social learning, Vietnamese
National Category
Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37758 (URN)10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2019.02.004 (DOI)000463982000008 ()2-s2.0-85061431703 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-02-26 Created: 2019-02-26 Last updated: 2019-04-25Bibliographically approved
Rodela, R., Tucker, C. M., Šmid-Hribar, M., Sigura, M., Bogataj, N., Urbanc, M. & Gunya, A. (2019). Intersections of ecosystem services and common-pool resources literature: An interdisciplinary encounter. Environmental Science and Policy, 94, 72-81
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2019 (English)In: Environmental Science and Policy, ISSN 1462-9011, E-ISSN 1873-6416, Vol. 94, p. 72-81Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Interdisciplinary research is understood to be the preferred way for scientific research to deepen understanding about environmental issues and challenges for sustainability. Two well-defined interdisciplinairy research fields, Ecosystems services (ES) and Common-pool resources (CPR), have taken different approaches that integrate the natural and social sciences to address environmental conundrums collaboratively. Several recent studies bring together insight from each, yet little is known about the breadth or directions, of the interdisciplinary conversation between the two fields of research. Moreover, the potential of this interaction to advance theory and practice relevant for sustainability is underexplored. The purpose of this study is to fill this gap by addressing three questions: 1) What are the motives for the interaction between CPR and ES fields?, 2) How are these two fields of research interacting?, and 3) How does the interaction of CPR and ES contribute to research on sustainability? We conducted a systematic map to identify, select, describe and analyse research of our interest. We mapped out motivations for researchers to bring together insights from these two lines of inquiry and examined how they are doing so.

Keywords
Interdisciplinarity, Ecosystem services, Common-pool resources, Systematic map, Sustainability, Commons
National Category
Environmental Sciences Political Science
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37400 (URN)10.1016/j.envsci.2018.12.021 (DOI)000474672500008 ()2-s2.0-85060064395 (Scopus ID)192/3.1.1/2013 (Local ID)192/3.1.1/2013 (Archive number)192/3.1.1/2013 (OAI)
Projects
Environmental governance in context: a study of process dynamics, contextual features and outcomes in four empirical cases
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Available from: 2019-01-24 Created: 2019-01-24 Last updated: 2019-08-05Bibliographically approved
Diduck, A. P., Raymond, C. M., Rodela, R., Moquin, R. & Boerchers, M. (2019). Pathways of learning about biodiversity and sustainability in private urban gardens. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
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2019 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, ISSN 0964-0568, E-ISSN 1360-0559Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Nature-based solutions directed at improving biodiversity, on both public and private land, can provide multiple benefits, but many of these benefits are not being fully realised. One reason is the normative and cognitive disconnect between people and nature, highlighting the need for new learning programs to foster better nature connections. More is known about learning in the context of community gardens than in relation to private gardens. Using semi-structured interviews and thematic analysis, this study explores learning among residents engaged in home gardening for biodiversity in Winnipeg, Canada. We uncovered diverse and interconnected learning processes/activities founded on formative childhood experiences. The processes/activities were non-formal and informal, and included individual, social and blended experiences. Learning outcomes were also mutually influencing and multi-levelled, comprising normative, cognitive/behavioural and relational changes. The results support an analytical framework suggesting how learning-focused initiatives can enhance biodiversity on private property and aid in delivery of nature-based solutions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2019
Keywords
nature-based solutions, biodiversity conservation, private gardens, non-formal and informal learning, multi-level learning
National Category
Human Geography Learning
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-38644 (URN)10.1080/09640568.2019.1633288 (DOI)000476315400001 ()2-s2.0-85068572024 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-08-05 Created: 2019-08-05 Last updated: 2019-08-06Bibliographically approved
Suškevičs, M., Hahn, T. & Rodela, R. (2019). Process and Contextual Factors Supporting Action-Oriented Learning: A Thematic Synthesis of Empirical Literature in Natural Resource Management. Society & Natural Resources, 32(7), 731-750
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Process and Contextual Factors Supporting Action-Oriented Learning: A Thematic Synthesis of Empirical Literature in Natural Resource Management
2019 (English)In: Society & Natural Resources, ISSN 0894-1920, E-ISSN 1521-0723, Vol. 32, no 7, p. 731-750Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Despite a long-term focus on learning in natural resource management (NRM), it is still debated how learning supports sustainable real-world NRM practices. We offer a qualitative in-depth synthesis of selected scientific empirical literature (N = 53), which explores factors affecting action-oriented learning. We inductively identify eight key process-based and contextual factors discussed in this literature. Three patterns emerge from our results. First, the literature discusses both facilitated participation and self-organized collaboration as dialogical spaces, which bridge interests and support constructive conflict management. Second, the literature suggests practice-based dialogs as those best able to facilitate action and puts a strong emphasis on experimentation. Finally, not emphasized in existing reviews and syntheses, we found multiple evidence about certain contextual factors affecting learning, including social-ecological crises, complexity, and power structures. Our review also points at important knowledge gaps, which can be used to advance the current research agenda about learning and NRM.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2019
Keywords
ecosystem governance, intermediaries, qualitative review, social-ecological systems, social learning, structural constraints
National Category
Environmental Sciences Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-37983 (URN)10.1080/08941920.2019.1569287 (DOI)000467833500001 ()2-s2.0-85064548693 (Scopus ID)192/3.1.1/2013 (Local ID)192/3.1.1/2013 (Archive number)192/3.1.1/2013 (OAI)
Projects
Environmental Governance in Context
Funder
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Available from: 2019-04-08 Created: 2019-04-08 Last updated: 2019-06-10Bibliographically approved
Macura, B., Suškevičs, M., Garside, R., Hannes, K., Rees, R. & Rodela, R. (2019). Systematic reviews of qualitative evidence for environmental policy and management: An overview of different methodological options. Environmental Evidence, 8(1), Article ID 24.
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2019 (English)In: Environmental Evidence, ISSN 2047-2382, E-ISSN 2047-2382, Vol. 8, no 1, article id 24Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Qualitative research related to the human dimensions of conservation and environment is growing in quantity. Rigorous syntheses of such studies can help develop understanding and inform decision-making. They can combine findings from studies in varied or similar contexts to address questions relating to, for example, the lived experience of those affected by environmental phenomena or interventions, or to intervention implementation. Researchers in environmental management have adapted methodology for systematic reviews of quantitative research so as to address questions about the magnitude of intervention effects or the impacts of human activities or exposure. However, guidance for the synthesis of qualitative evidence in this field does not yet exist. The objective of this paper is to present a brief overview of different methods for the synthesis of qualitative research and to explore why and how reviewers might select between these. The paper discusses synthesis methods developed in other fields but applicable to environmental management and policy. These methods include thematic synthesis, framework synthesis, realist synthesis, critical interpretive synthesis and meta-ethnography. We briefly describe each of these approaches, give recommendations for the selection between them, and provide a selection of sources for further reading. © 2019 The Author(s).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
BioMed Central, 2019
Keywords
Critical interpretative synthesis, Framework synthesis, Meta-ethnography, Mixed methods reviews, Qualitative evidence synthesis, Realist synthesis, Thematic synthesis
National Category
Environmental Management
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-38511 (URN)10.1186/s13750-019-0168-0 (DOI)2-s2.0-85067293333 (Scopus ID)
Funder
BONUS - Science for a better future of the Baltic Sea region, Art 185
Available from: 2019-06-28 Created: 2019-06-28 Last updated: 2019-06-28Bibliographically approved
Nguyen, P., Rodela, R., Bosma, R., Bregt, A. & Ligtenberg, A. (2018). An Investigation of the Role of Social Dynamics in Conversion to Sustainable Integrated Mangrove-Shrimp Farming in Ben Tre Province, Vietnam. Singapore journal of tropical geography, 39(3), 421-437
Open this publication in new window or tab >>An Investigation of the Role of Social Dynamics in Conversion to Sustainable Integrated Mangrove-Shrimp Farming in Ben Tre Province, Vietnam
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2018 (English)In: Singapore journal of tropical geography, ISSN 0129-7619, E-ISSN 1467-9493, Vol. 39, no 3, p. 421-437Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the coastal area of the Vietnamese Mekong Delta, much of the mangrove forest has been cut to make space for expansion of industry and aquaculture. Export-oriented shrimp farming is a particularly fast-growing business. Nonetheless, the importance of tropical mangrove forest ecosystems for coastal protection and marine biodiversity is widely recognized. The Vietnamese government, supported by non-governmental organizations and donors, has sought to restore mangrove forest. To this end, the government has promoted mixed or integrated mangrove-shrimp systems in which farmers maintain at least 40 per cent of their area under mangrove cover. Since 2012, mangrove reforestation, care and protection has benefited from local authority stimulus as well. Multiple studies have examined the condition of the mangrove forest in Ben Tre and other coastal provinces of the Mekong Delta. However, no research has investigated the role of social dynamics in farmers' willingness to shift to, or maintain, integrated mangrove-shrimp systems. Specifically, the influence of information, group dynamics and social learning on farmer decision-making is poorly understood and, indeed, hardly investigated in Vietnam. This article reports on a study of social processes in three communes in Binh Dai District, Ben Tre Province, Vietnam. We conducted 42 semi-structured interviews (with 34 farmers and eight local officials) and used secondary data. Our preliminary findings indicate that social dynamics in these communes were issue-driven and played an important role in farmers' decisions to adopt, or convert to, the integrated mangrove-shrimp farming system. Television, radio, the internet, books, neighbours and training courses all had some influence in farmer decision-making processes. However, our findings suggest that the accessibility, usefulness, relevance and approach of these communication methods must be improved if they are to adequately inform and support local farmers.

Keywords
Integrated mangrove-shrimp farming system, Learning, Mangrove restoration, Mekong Delta, Networks, Vietnam
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-34870 (URN)10.1111/sjtg.12238 (DOI)000443700200007 ()2-s2.0-85044943759 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-04-23 Created: 2018-04-23 Last updated: 2018-09-25Bibliographically approved
Suškevičs, M., Hahn, T., Rodela, R., Macura, B. & Pahl-Wostl, C. (2018). Learning for social-ecological change: a qualitative review of outcomes across empirical literature in natural resource management. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 61(7), 1085-1112
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Learning for social-ecological change: a qualitative review of outcomes across empirical literature in natural resource management
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2018 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, ISSN 0964-0568, E-ISSN 1360-0559, Vol. 61, no 7, p. 1085-1112Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Learning is considered as a promising mechanism to cope with rapid environmental change. The implications of learning for natural resource management (NRM) have not been explored in-depth and the evidence on the topic is scattered across multiple sources. We provide a qualitative review of types of learning outcomes and consider their manifestations in NRM across selected empirical literature. We conducted a systematic search of the peer-reviewed literature (N = 1,223) and a qualitative meta-synthesis of included articles, with an explicit focus on learning outcomes and NRM changes (N = 53). Besides social learning, we found several learning concepts used, including policy and transformative learning, and multiple links between learning and NRM reported. We observe that the development of skills, together with a system approach involving multi-level capacities, is decisive for implications of learning for NRM. Future reviews could systematically compare how primary research applies different learning concepts and discusses links between learning and NRM changes.

Keywords
action-orientation, institutional change, qualitative analysis, social learning, transformative change
National Category
Environmental Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33142 (URN)10.1080/09640568.2017.1339594 (DOI)000431701100001 ()2-s2.0-85024479402 (Scopus ID)192/3.1.1/2013 (Local ID)192/3.1.1/2013 (Archive number)192/3.1.1/2013 (OAI)
Projects
Environmental governance in context: a study of process dynamics, contextual features and outcomes in four empirical cases
Funder
Swedish InstituteMistra - The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental ResearchThe Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Available from: 2017-08-22 Created: 2017-08-22 Last updated: 2018-09-13Bibliographically approved
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